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The Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace acts as a catalyst, creating opportunities for aerospace companies and their suppliers by connecting them to new technologies, university research, potential business collaborators and current industry information. The Center advances recognition of Georgia’s strength in the global aerospace industry, and contributes to the entrepreneurial and educational ecosystems required for its continued growth.

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Georgia Seeds the Future for UAS

The aftermath of Amazon’s announcement to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in package delivery has the nation buzzing about how UAS will be used in the near future. Given the significant safety and privacy concerns of UAS use in highly populated areas, the consensus within the industry is that the first commercial applications of UAS is not in delivering your latest shopping order to your doorstep, but rather in agriculture.

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Commercial UAV Activity Within Georgia Highlighted at SUN 'n FUN Fly-In and Expo

April 10, 2014
The Center of Innovation for Aerospace (COI-Aero) and Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) jointly participated with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the FAA's exhibit on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) at the SUN 'n FUN Fly-in and Expo on April 1-6, 2014 in Lakeland, Florida.

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New Lockheed Martin Order to Benefit Marietta Georgia Plant

March 28, 2014
The South Korean military will purchase 40 F-35 fighters from defense contractor Lockheed Martin for about $6.8 billion, and a major part of the production will continue to be in Marietta. A spokesman for the defense contractor said the deal is good news for the Cobb County plant, even if the facility will not be increasing its payroll to accommodate the new order specifically.

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Georgia House Makes Permanent Tax Exemptions for Airplane Repairs

March 27, 2014
The Georgia House gave final passage to House Bill 933 when it agreed to changes the Senate had made on March 19. The bill, according to sponsor Rep. Alex Atwood, R-Brunswick, makes the tax exemption permanent. It had been due to expire in July. Several citizens’ commissions on job creation have recommended making the exemption permanent.

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Old Crows Event Brings Robots, Drones, Other Technologies to Houston Students

March 27, 2014
Air Force drone pilots briefed hundreds of Houston County children on the capabilities and uses of unmanned aircraft. The students were guided through the Museum of Aviation’s Century of Flight hangar, which hosted dozens of informational booths from military divisions, colleges and defense industry companies. The purpose of the day’s event, called Novel Experiments with Science and Technology, or N.E.S.T., was to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

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University of North Georgia Students Test Drones to Be Controlled by Thoughts

March 27, 2014
Students from the University of North Georgia are testing technology that would allow drones to be controlled by thoughts. The idea is for a person's brain to send signals through the electroencephalogram-sensor headset to a drone, which is a small, unmanned helicopter - allowing the user to control the drone via thoughts, without using manual controls.

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